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Head of a Jina
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Head of a Jina


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Description Jains revere the twenty-four Jinas, “victors” who achieve omniscience through strict self-discipline and meditation, who teach others the path to perfect knowledge, and who are spiritually liberated upon death, never to be reborn in the material world. This Jina’s extended earlobes, snail-shell curls, and cranial protuberance mark him as an enlightened being, one who has attained perfect knowledge. Looking inward with a meditative gaze, when intact the Jina would have been represented in a posture of meditation: either seated with crossed legs and hands resting palm-up in the lap, or standing perfectly straight with his arms hanging to each side.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2009.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2009

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10th-11th century CE
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sandstone
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Accession Number
25.262
Measurements
H: 10 × W: 7 3/8 × D: 6 5/8 in. (25.4 × 18.8 × 16.9 cm); Overall H with threaded post: 12 15/16 in. (32.8 cm)
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